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  1. 18 hours ago, laurentius said:

    Dear fellow collectors,


    I received this bar last week and I have a strange feeling with the Prinzregent Luitpold-medaille at the end. The ring wasn't tucked in (which I did, for appearances' sake) and given the fact that it looks polished and unworn I wondered if any of the collectors here would be willing to give their opinion on the piece? I know there were several versions of this medal with differerent monetary values so a small switcheroo wouldn't surprise me.


    Kind regards and thanks in advance, Laurentius


    Ps. The picture of the backside of the medal was too large to upload, I'll take more pictures tomorrow.


    Hello Laurentius,


    The Prinzregent Luitpold Medal is a "Spangenstück" and not an officially commissioned/awarded piece.


    Best regards,

  2. Hello,


    Congratulations regarding this fantastic miniature grouping.  The chain and the gold orders appear to be made of 750 gold.  I concur with Wild Card (who is an expert regarding these matters) that the 7th award  from the left is probably from the Emirate of Bukhara. The Bukhari-yi Sharif Medal for Military Service is very similar in shape and style: Goldberg Auctions 


    Sometimes seldom encountered awards were made by jewelers from pattern books and a bit of "artistic license" was utilized.  Therefore, we may never be 100% certain what this award miniature was made to represent.


    Best regards,  

  3. Hello Nicolas,


    Thank you for sharing this very nice field ribbon bar.  To me, it looks like the second ribbon is possibly for the Bavarian Bravery Medal. If so, he was probably an NCO during the First World War.  But some NCO's received temporary field grade promotions to Leutnant as the Bavarian Army needed Officers toward the end of the war.  There is no way to be certain however.  Congratulations on owning this item.


    Best regards,

  4. On 17/05/2021 at 07:43, LuckySlevin said:

    Hi, thank you for your answers. Will be grateful if someone could help to track the possible recipient as this would prove the originality of the bar. Also as separate question, are there sources/ books  accessible to new collectors which would allow to try to track the possible recipient? Thank you in advance



    Welcome.  Please note that in my opinion "to track the possible recipient" will not necessarily prove the originality of a bar.  Other factors are more important regarding this.  Also, it is possible that a forger could make a group from a Ranklist listing for any recipient chosen.  And, not all original groups are necessarily "textbook".  Some recipients left some awards off of their bars or changed the precedence based upon their own preference.


    Good luck with possibly acquiring the group.


    Best regards,

  5. Hello,

    If I am not mistaken, this grouping was for sale on Ebay recently.  And, if I recall correctly, the seller mentioned that the missing pieces had been "replaced".  But, my memory may not serve me correctly.  It is obvious to me that the group did belong to the NCO in the first photo.  At some point however the awards at the 2nd and 3rd positions on the group were removed.  The pieces in the 2nd and 3rd positions now may never have been awarded to the NCO in the photo who was the owner of the group.

    Regardless of the two pieces in question, it is a very nice group with an interesting history.  Congratulations on acquiring it.

    Best regards,

  6. Hello,

    I very much enjoyed socializing with Tim throughout the years.  He often had some wonderful items for sale.  And, he attended shows right up to the end and continued doing what he enjoyed.  I miss him, as do many others.

    I am a bit confused though by your mention of an auction catalogue.  Which auction in particular are you referring to?

    Best regards, 

  7. Hello Chris,

    Congratulations!  This is my favorite regiment and the only one that I collect shoulder boards/epaulettes of.  As you know, this variation was only used for a short period of time, and the Feldgrau (subdued) version is seldom seen.  I know that these were not inexpensive (I had my eye on them for awhile too).  I am glad that they went to a good home!

    Best regards,  

  8. A very nice painting Laurentius.

    It is nice to see that it was finally purchased by someone who appreciates it.

    Unfortunately, I do not think that it would be possible to identify the recipient as the award combination shown in the painting, although scarce, was not unique.  Perhaps the auction house might know.  They may have obtained it from the family, but the family didn't want the name published.  It might be worth asking them.

    Best regards,

  9. Hello Ravs and welcome,

    You pose an interesting question.  To clarify things a bit, the Bavarian Military Merit Crosses were awarded to NCO's and enlisted men.  They were not awarded to Officers.  The Bavarian Military Merit Cross awards were based on rank.  There are a good many members here who know the answer regarding the rank-based award guidelines better than I do, so I will let them answer regarding the specifics.

    Best regards,

  10. Hello again Rav,

    Thank you for sharing the scans of the photo with us.  I cannot tell what is on his epaulettes, so no help there.  I too think that he is a Württemberger.  It also stands to reason that the second ribbon would represent a Württemberg bravery medal.  I also agree that the third place ribbon looks like a Bavarian MVK ribbon with a swords device.  The last ribbon could be for a Württemberg long service award.  It is difficult to be certain.

    Congratulations regarding having this nice photo in your collection (I am a bit partial to collecting photos myself).

    Best regards, 

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